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Disney Dining Plan Options

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I’ve spent the last 2-3 months talking about all the wonderful food in Walt Disney World; Snacks, Romantic Dinners, Lunch Options but I realized I never talked about how you can go about creating a meal plan to get those options. So I decided to break it down cause let’s be honest, it can be a little confusing especially if you’ve never used any Dining Plan before.

Who Can Have A Dining Plan?

Let’s start by stating you must be staying on-property in order to use any of the dining plan options offered by Walt Disney World. If one person in your party signs up for a dining plan then everyone has to. This is because your dining plan is linked to your magic bands. Since everyone in your party is staying in the same room you are all under the same reservation. If your party is split between 2 or more rooms then you have to dine and end up on the same bill as those with the dining plan option. You cannot split the bill. (Yes, Disney is pretty strict about this.) If you are old enough for a park pass then you are old enough for a dining plan (3 and older).

How It Works

All your dining plan information will be stored on your reservation that you can access by going to the front desk. Your magic band will be the way you pay for you’re your meals. When using your dining plan you’ll select a code (like a debit card pin) that you will input when paying.

Each dining plan has an allotment of snacks, quick-service meals, and sit-down meals. Whether you’re staying 1 day or 1 month, you get your entire allotment on the day of check-in. That means if you receive 2 snacks every day of your stay and you are staying for 5 days, you will receive 10 snacks when on your first day. Which means you can use all 10 snacks on the first day or save them all for the last day.

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Each time you use a snack or meal it will be deducted from your total. So if you decide to use all 10 snacks on the first day you will have to pay the regular cost for any additional snacks you have the rest of the trip. There are some sit down meals that will use 2 meal credits. These will be your fancy/most popular locations. Places like Jiko, Le Celier in Canada and any character meal.
– Note: When my family decides on a 2-meal credit restaurant we usually end up eating a large quick service meal later in the afternoon (for lunch) and then get a sandwich or salad for dinner later in the evening. This gives us the extra sit down meal credit to use for another day.

Dining Plan Options

These are the 3 dining plan options Disney offers. They all work the same but offer different meal types. If you are always on the go and don’t want to have to worry about meeting for a sit down meal then you might want to consider the 1st option. However, if you want to make sure your family is together for the whole trip and you want to enjoy some really nice meals together then you might want to consider the 3rd. It is completely up to you and your family’s needs.

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***Important: These are all per person, per day. Ie – 2 quick service meals means each person receives 2 quick service meals/day. However, it is all grouped together so if you have 5 people in your room and you are staying for 4 days, it will be noted on your reservations as 40 quick service meals. If one person chooses to use all 40 quick service meals on the first day they can. (Important to watch children closely!)

  1. Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

  • 2 Quick Service Meals
    • 1 Entrée
    • 1 Beverage (Alcoholic or nonalcoholic)
  • 2 Snacks
  1. Disney Dining Plan

  • 1 Quick-Service Meal
    • 1 Entrée
    • 1 Beverage (Alcoholic or nonalcoholic)
  • 1 Table-Service Meal
    • Breakfast
      • 1 Entrée
      • 1 Beverage (Alcoholic or nonalcoholic)
    • Lunch or Dinner
      • 1 Entrée
      • 1 Dessert
      • 1 Beverage (Alcoholic or nonalcoholic)
    • Full Buffet or Family-Style Meal
  • 2 Snacks
  1. Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

  • 3 Meals
    • Quick-Service or Table-Service
      • Quick Service
        • 1 Entrée
        • 1 Beverage (Alcoholic or nonalcoholic)
      • Table Service
        • 1 Appetizer
        • 1 Entrée
        • 1 Dessert
        • 1 Beverage (Alcoholic or nonalcoholic)
      • 2 Snacks

You can find more information on Disney’s Dining Plan Options here.

NEW!

Mobile Ordering

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Mobile ordering is a new option offered to guests. If you know exactly what you want (and when you want it) you can choose to pre-order your food. This can be done via the My Disney Experience App at select dining locations. When you arrive you hit the button that says you’ve arrived. When your food is ready you will receive a notification and you can pick it up at the mobile pick up window.

You can find more information on Disney’s Mobile Ordering here.

Dining Plan Options

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